Bahaa Taher (Egypt) was born in Giza, Greater Cairo, in , to Upper Egyptian parents from the village of Karnak, Luxor. He holds postgraduate diplomas in. Bahaa Taher was born in Cairo, Egypt. He was active in the country’s left-wing literary circles of the s and in the mid s was prevented from publishing . Bahaa Taher was born , in Giza (Greater Cairo), to parents from the Karnak village in the Luxor governorate, Upper Egypt. He graduated from the literature.

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Taher refers to the growing presence at that time of foreign investment in Egypt and above all, a new consumerism that ignited desires for things most people could not afford. Taher is co-founder of the opposition Kifaya movement, which was founded in by intellectuals and campaigned for political change and against the banaa of Bahsa Mubarak. I believe what he did was a miracle, given the context, when people were dying of hunger in the countryside.

In Egypt, where state interference in artistic activity ranges from the subtle to the brutally manipulative, the creative voice has been threatened with extinction, and with it, the values of a culture renowned for its longevity and ability to survive against the odds.

The peaceful coexistence of Muslims and Christians is threatened when a young Muslim is given sanctuary in a Christian monastery. In addition, he has published several books of short stories, essayistic works, as well as numerous translations from English and French.

Dar al-Hilal, Village life in Upper Egypt is magically evoked in this compelling novel of a traditional society caught up in the process of change. I was a liberal, and went on demonstrations against dictatorial policies.

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For Taher they comprise the effort to come to grips with the changes wrought on the social and political landscape during 14 years of “self-imposed exile”, as he puts it Novels Sharq al-Nakhila Cairo: The novel probes the possible motivations behind this bizarre act of vandalism.

For Mahmoud, who shatters the glorious past to open people’s eyes to the present, it is a bitter irony that “our ancestors were great men, but their grandchildren are fit only for occupation”. He petitions for the release of political detainees, including members of the Muslim Brotherhood, which boycotted Tuesday’s municipal elections after hundreds were arrested in a pre-election crackdown.


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Now he pats his pockets in vain for the twher he “gave up four days ago”, while his frequent laughter gives way to a nasty cough. Though Taher’s fiction often reveals catastrophic bahsa between Europe and the Arab world, he says, “I never thought a character could reflect a whole culture, or a ‘clash of civilisations’. Set in the late 19th century, at the beginning of British colonial rule, the story of officer Mahmoud plays out at the Siwa Oasis and acts as parable about current conditions in the Arab world.

One of the most respected living writers in the Arab world, he has written six novels three translated into Englishfour short-story collections, plays and non-fiction – though none has been published in Tahr. The stories in Zahabtu ila Shallal are far from being complacent variations on favourite themes.

Bahaa Taher | International Prize for Arabic Fiction

The prize will change that. They think, if we can’t change the world with Marxism or nationalism, we can change it with religious ideas. Of Hope and Remembrance. A stubborn believer in Arab taheg, who sees himself as “one of the last surviving Nasserists”, Taher says, “I didn’t at all like the revolution when I was young.

In response to insidious sectarianism, Taher wrote My Aunt Safiyya and the Monasterya tight yet lyrical novel evoking the tolerant Egypt of his youth. As a student, Taher believed in the principles behind the Officers Revolution, which put an end to the year-long British occupation and the royal status of the year-old Mohammed Ali dynasty.

In his work, Egypt represents humanity in microcosm.

For the author, the award has a credibility that others lack. I realized that people have lost their belief in intellectual leadership. Khalati Safiyya wal-Dayr Cairo: Sunset Oasis reflects his frustration at Egypt’s stagnation under Hosni Mubarak, president since Sadat’s assassination in and now poised to hand power to his son Gamal. The USA is still very racist Love in Exile includes testimony of the massacre of Palestinians in the Sabra-Shatila refugee camps in Beirut in The protagonist of the book is a nationalist Egyptian police officer who suffers from an existential crisis.


Bahaa Taher

When bhaa if he still feels that youth holds the key to a better Egypt, Taher offers a fervent: But he was wrong. He believed that if he gave America all that it wanted from Egypt it might solve our problems. He is the first winner of this prize. While abroad, he followed Egyptian affairs closely, noting the growing gap between rich and poor, Muslim and Christian. Taher’s Sunset Oasis, tahee in Cairo last November, was chosen out of novels from 18 countries.

Taher returned to Egypt in and is now considered one of the most important novelists in the country. The emancipated women of the s were not rewarded at all. Bahaa Taher was born in in Giza. Toggle navigation Authors Bayaa award tahre announced during the international book fair there, now a joint venture with Frankfurt, aimed at stimulating publishing in the region, with zero tolerance of rampant book piracy.

He lives in Zamalek, on an island in the Nile, with his wife of 17 years, Stefka, a Russian interpreter of Greek and Slovenian descent. Quickly becoming one of the most widely read contemporary novelists in the Arab world, Taher has received in the State’s Award of Merit in Literature, the highest honour the Egyptian establishment can confer on a writer.

Set in a village in Upper Egypt, the drama revolves around a young Muslim who has killed a man in self-defense and is offered sanctuary in a Christian Monastery. Dar al-Hilal, Originally serialized in al-Musawwir in Sadat, like Nasser, did not take kindly to critique. While some contemporaries have withdrawn from politics, others have become Islamists, “astonishingly, since so many were Marxists in our youth”.